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Accounting and Finance (MSc)

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1 year

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Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Finance / Accounting (General) Accounting

Course type


Course Summary

About this course

Become an expert in auditing, corporate governance and tax through our MSc Accounting and Finance degree. You’ll also have a rare opportunity to study international accounting and taxation. This course will prepare you for a variety of careers in accountancy and other sectors.

This master's in accounting and finance is ideal if you have studied in accountancy, business, mathematics, or economics. It’s also suitable if you have relevant professional experience and want to improve your career opportunities.

Throughout the course you’ll cover:

  • equity markets
  • investment decisions
  • management and financial accounting
  • mergers and acquisitions
  • internal and external auditing
  • behaviour

Unusually for a postgraduate in accounting and finance, you’ll have an opportunity to study international accounting and taxation. You’ll learn how a country’s social, economic, legal and political environment determines its tax regulations, and the impact of tax on company behaviours.

You’ll evaluate and apply core technical accounting and finance methods to real-world situations, and gain a detailed understanding of global financial markets and accounting systems. You can use our Bloomberg terminals for live financial data as well as a range of key databases for research.


During your time as a postgraduate in accounting and finance, you’ll have opportunities to build a large network with international firms and industry experts.

You could develop a career in:

  • banking
  • financial institutions
  • accounting/consulting firms

Our graduates have gone on to work in the UK and internationally for organisations including:

  • KPMG
  • Mars Chocolate
  • Zurich
  • National Health Service (NHS)


Accounting systems provide useful inputs in the decision-making processes of organisations. The overall aim of this module is to provide an understanding of how accounting processes and techniques are implicated in the management of organisations, be it at the board, strategic or tactical levels. This module will hence focus on how organizations are controlled and managed from the point of view of internal and external decision- makers, and the issues are considered in the context of business enterprises. The module builds on the fundamentals of accounting and the various management modules to develop the student?s awareness of contemporary issues emerging at the intersection of accounting and management.

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Entry requirements

You’ll need a 2:1 degree or an accepted equivalent qualification, with at least 7 modules in either of these subject areas: accounting; auditing. We'll consider the following professional qualifications if you have an unrelated degree subject: Associate Chartered Accountant (ACA); Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA); Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA); Work experience in Accounting is not a requirement but can compensate for unrelated degree subject/grades.

University information

The University of Southampton is an institution with a strong heritage, with more than 100 years of history and tradition supporting a modern educational model that focuses on student success. Southampton is one of the founding members of the UK’s prestigious Russell Group, a network of research-focused and prestigious universities. Today, the 2023 Complete University Guide league table places Southampton among the top 13 institutions...more

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